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Bafana, Zebras in Plate final

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South Africa’s Bafana Bafana thrashed Namibia 4-1 on a chilly Tuesday evening at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium to book a date against Botswana in the Plate final of the Cosafa Cup which is underway in Polokwane, South Africa.

Having been booted out 4-3 on post-match penalties from the mainstream Cosafa Cup on June 3, Bafana Bafana came out strongly to demolish the Namibians with Man of The Match Lebohang Maboe scoring a double. Aubrey Modiba and Captain Siyanda Xulu completed the rout.

“I think we came back very strongly. We knew that we lost our first game. We had to show character coming into this game which I think we did very well; hence, we won the game,” Maboe told SuperSport Television.

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Deon Hotto pulled one back for Namibia, who, alongside Swaziland— who lost 2-0 in another plate semi-final played at the same venue—are going back home.

Botswana overcame Swaziland 2-0 after scoring in either half through the competition’s overall leading scorer with five goals, Onkabetse Makgantai, and Gape Mohutsiwa.

The plate final is scheduled for Friday at New Peter Mokaba Stadium which is located a few metres away from the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium.

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In the mainstream competition, Madagascar locked horns with Zambia in the semi-final as holders Zimbabwe tussled with Lesotho at New Peter Mokaba Stadium yesterday evening.

The final for the main cup is scheduled for Saturday at New Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Malawi bowed out at the group stages for the third consecutive year after losing 1-0 to Mauritius, then drawing 1-1 and 0-0 against Botswana and Angola respectively.

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